Botanical Name: Woodfordia fruiticosa (Flower)
Common Name: Dhaero, Amar phul, Kaling
English Name: Woodfordia, Fireflame, Shiranji tea
Parts Used: Bark, Leaves, Flowers
Habit and Habitat: Africa, W Asia, Subtropical Himalaya, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, east to China
Description: Pubescent shrub. Leaves opposite, sometimes in whole of three, sessile, lanceolates, 5-10 cm long, entire, under surface white and with black glandular dots. Flowers clustered, numerous, shortly stalked and red corolla.
Uses: Bark is pungent, acrid, anthelmintic, toxic, utherine, sedative. Dried flowers are astringent, styptic, uterine sedative, anthelmintic, antibacerial, vulnerary, alexitteric and febrifuge. It is used in diarrhoea, dysentry, menorrhoea, in derangement of liver, ulcers, diabetes, hepetopathy, verminosis etc. It is considered as a safe stimulant in pregnancy, it averts abortion. Flowers aid fermentation.